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U.N. Asks Donors for $41 Billion in Humanitarian Aid

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U.N. Asks Donors for $41 Billion in Humanitarian Aid

Martin Griffiths, the United Nations emergency relief coordinator, announced the organization’s 2022 funding drive, citing the need to help 183 million people across the world who are suffering from issues like political instability, climate change and the pandemic.

We estimate for 2022 that there will be 274 million people in need of humanitarian assistance; that’s up by 17 percent from 2021. And to give it a different look, it’s equivalent to the world’s fourth-most populous country. We aim, through this program, to help 183 million – the most vulnerable – again, an increase from last year. And for this, we’re looking for a record $41 billion for the world’s humanitarian needs of the most needy in 2022. The drivers of need are ones which are familiar to all of us. Tragically, it include protracted conflicts; political instability; failing economies, which is something which has been very much to the forefront of our thinking in the last months; the climate crisis, not a new crisis, but one which urges more attention; and of course, the Covid-19 pandemic, of which we have recently been reminded that it has not gone away.

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